Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon has been in the business for over 60 years, but what is his net worth? Paul Simon earned his stripes in the music industry as one half of folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, which he formed in the mid-1950s with his childhood friend Art Garfunkel. In the early 1960s, the duo signed a contract with Columbia Records and recorded their debut studio album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. soon after.
By the time 1970 rolled around Simon & Garfunkel had recorded four more albums including Bridge Over Troubled Water which remains one of the best-selling records of all time. The duo also contributed a number of songs to the soundtrack of Mike Nichols’ classic film The Graduate, like ‘Mrs. Robinson’ and ‘The Sound of Silence’. Their rocky relationship led to them parting ways in 1970 and Simon went on to carve a successful solo career in the 70s and 80s during which he released his Grammy-winning album Graceland and was briefly married to the late, great Carrie Fisher. His most recent album In the Blue Light consisted of re-recordings of some of his lesser-known songs and was released in 2018.
With such a long and successful career, it’s no surprise that Simon has amassed a sizeable fortune over the years. According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Simon currently has an estimated worth of around $75 million. But how exactly has Simon amassed a net worth so big?
Alongside selling millions of albums worldwide, Simon owes part of his success to his relationship with the film industry. Over the years, the musician has turned his hand to acting several times. In 1977 he had a small part in Woody Allen’s classic romantic comedy Annie Hall as sleazy record producer Tony Lacey. He later wrote and starred in the somewhat autobiographical 1980 film One-Trick Pony as a fading folk-rock star trying to get his career and marriage back on track, in addition to recording all the songs featured in the movie.
Aside from The Graduate soundtrack, Simon’s songs have been featured in many other films. Director Cameron Crowe used the Simon & Garfunkel song ‘America’ in his Oscar-winning comedy Almost Famous in 2000 and the song ‘Baby Driver’ inspired the title of Edgar Wright’s film Baby Driver and featured on its soundtrack. Most recently, Quentin Tarantino featured the song ‘Mrs. Robinson’ in his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Paul Simon’s solo song ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ featured in The Secret Life of Pets 2.